Pullela Gopichand

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Pullela Gopichand
పుల్లెల గోపీచంద్
Personal information
Country India
Born (1973-11-16) 16 November 1973 (age 42)
Nagandla, Prakasam
Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Hyderabad, India
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 74kg
Handedness Right
Men's Singles
Highest ranking 5[1] (15 March 2001)
BWF profile

Pullela Gopichand (born 16 November 1973) is a former Indian badminton player. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001[2] becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone.[3][4] He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy.[4] He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan - India's third highest civilian award - in 2014.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Pullela Gopichand was born on 16 November 1973 to Pullela Subash Chandra and Subbaravamma at Nagandla, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh .[7] Initially, he was interested in playing cricket, but his elder brother encouraged him to take up badminton instead.[7] He did his schooling from St.Paul's High School, Hyderguda, Hyderabad.He joined A. V. College, Hyderabad and graduated in public administration. He was the captain of the Indian combined universities badminton team in 1990 and 1991.

Playing career[edit]

Gopichand was coached by S. M. Arif before Prakash Padukone accepted him at Prakash Padukone academy. He also trained under Ganguly Prasad at the SAI Bangalore.[8][9] Gopichand won his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996, and went on to win the title five times in a row, until 2000. He won two gold and one silver at the Indian national games, 1998 held at Imphal. At the international level, he represented India in 3 Thomas Cup tournaments. In 1996 he won a gold in the SAARC badminton tournament at Vijayawada and defended the crown in the next games held at Colombo in 1997. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he won a silver in the team event and a bronze in men's singles. In 1999, he won the Toulouze open championship in France and the Scottish open championship in Scotland. He also emerged winner at the Asian satellite tournament held at Hyderabad in the same year, and lost in the final match of the German grand prix championship.

In 2001, he won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships at Birmingham. He defeated then world number one Peter Gade in the semi finals before defeating Chen Hong of China to lift the trophy.[10] He became the second Indian to achieve the feat after Prakash Padukone, who won in 1980.[11]

International titles and runners-up[edit]

Individual titles (5)[edit]

S. No. Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1 1999 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse Wales Richard Vaughan 15–13, 14–15, 15–6[12]
2 1999 Scottish Open India Siddharth Jain 15–7, 15–10[13]
3 1999 India International India Ajit Wijetilek 15–6, 15–13[14]
4 2001 All England Open China Chen Hong 15–12, 15–6[15]
5 2004 India Asian Satellite India J. B. S. Vidyadhar 15–6, 15–1[16]
     World Grand Prix event[17][18]

Individual runners-up (3)[edit]

S. No. Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1 1997 India Open Indonesia Hariyanto Arbi 4–15, 7–15[19]
2 1999 French Open China Chen Gang 8–15, 15–10, 10–15[20]
3 1999 German Open China Xia Xuanze 3–15, 15–13, 4–15[21]
     World Grand Prix event

Coaching career[edit]

Gopichand founded the Gopichand badminton academy, a badminton training facility in Hyderabad, India. The facility trains several Indian badminton players including Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, Parupalli Kashyap, P. V. Sindhu, Gurusai Datt and Tarun Kona

Awards and honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Gopichand married fellow badminton player P.V.V Lakshmi on June 5, 2002.[23] Gopi has a son and a daughter. His daughter,elder of the two siblings,is the current U-13 National Badminton Champion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical Ranking". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pulella Gopichand". mapsofindia.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "P Gopichand". The Times of India. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Pullela Gopichand – The Founder". Gopichand Badminton Academy. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "LIST OF ARJUNA AWARD WINNERS". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Pullela Gopichand thanks Badminton Fraternity for Padma Bhushan". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Pullela Gopichand - Badminton Player". webindia123.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "His hard work and dedication has paid off". The Tribune. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Still a crusader". The Tribune. 15 April 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "rediff.com". 
  11. ^ "Randhawa’s wait for Padma Shri ends". The Tribune. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Open de Toulouse Int 99 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Scottish Int 1999 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "India International 99 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "All England Open 2001 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Indian Asian Satellite 2004: Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "1999 International Calendar of Events". International Badminton Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "GUIDE TO THE OPERATION OF THE WORLD RANKING SYSTEM". International Badminton Federation. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "India Open 1997 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "French Open 1999 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "German Open 1999 (I): Draws: MS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Gopichand to wed Lakshmi".